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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Last year - 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Instant Pot Sweet Pongal



For the upcoming Makar Sankranti festival, traditional foods such as: Murukulu, Vadas, Savory Pongal and other sweets and snacks are prepared.

Pongal in Telugu and Tamil means to " boil over" or "spill over". It comes in two varieties: savory and sweet. Savory pongal are usually made for breakfast or lunch, while Sweet Pongal is generally prepared in temples as a prasadam, (an offering made to  God). I decided to try my version of sweet pongal in an Instant Pot and it came out great!

This hearty coconut milk and rice dessert is perfect for a cold winter's day. Tasty, and filling with just the right amount of crisp warming spice from the cardamom and cloves, topped with toasted cashews and plump raisins. Here's my recipe:

Instant Pot Sweet Pongal

Emily (Cooking for Kishore)
Easy recipe for a delicious and quick dessert!

Ingredients

Instant Pot Sweet Pongal
  • 1/4 cup Moong dal (Mung beans, shelled & halved)
  • 1/2 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Cashew
  • 1 Tbsp Golden Raisins
  • 3 Whole Cardamom pods, crushed
  • 2 Cloves, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • A pinch of Saffron
  • 1 can of Coconut Milk
  • 2.5 Cups Water

Instructions

  1. Set your Instant Pot to the Sauté setting. Add 1 Tbsp Ghee, Beans, and Rice, stirring occasionally.
  2. Cook bean mixture till slightly golden. Then add the coconut milk, sugar, water, saffron, and spices. Put the lid on and change the setting of your Instant Pot to Manual, High Pressure for 14 minutes. Make sure the pressure valve on the lid is set to Sealing.
  3. While that's cooking, heat up 1 Tbsp of ghee in a small pan on the stove, add the cashews and raisins. Sauté till raisins are plump and cashews are lightly toasted, then set aside for later.
  4. After pressure cooking is done, allow the pot to vent slowly. Carefully remove lid and serve topped with toasted cashews and raisins.
Yield: 4-6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Cook time: 14 mins.
Total time: 24 mins.
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Enjoy!


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Comments

  1. I really like the recipe, and how nice to have a sweet dish also in MLLA. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

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